IDTE 2016 Report
The 12th edition of the HKTDC InnoDesignTech Expo (IDT Expo) opened on December 1 and continued through 3 December at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The Inspiration Hall (Hall 3D-E) was open to the public free of charge and showcased global designs and inventions, the latest practical technology and design solutions, as well as a range of commercial designs and branding strategy services.
Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director of the HKTDC, said that popular products tend to involve creative design and cutting-edge technology. Therefore, companies can enhance their competitiveness by adopting new technology in this digital age. With the increasing popularity of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology, the IDT Expo launching a “AR & VR for Business Zone” this year, giving visitors a first-hand experience of their applications and providing inspiration for entrepreneurs.
A record of more than 450 exhibitors from 20 countries and regions gathered for this year’s IDT Expo. The Inspiration Hall featured global designs under the theme of “Urbanovation”, showcasing design and innovation as driving forces for the development of cities and lifestyle trends. The Inspiration Hall was displaying modern lifestyle innovations through exhibits, interactive games and data presentations under the categories of smart architecture, smart infrastructure, smart mobility and smart lifestyle.
Chicago, one of the most innovative cities in the United States with a vibrant history of design and cultural development, was this year’s partner city of the IDT Expo.
A number of countries and regions with a strong design and innovation culture, including Victoria (Australia), Hessen (Germany), Bali (Indonesia), Chungnam (Korea), Mexico and Southern Sweden also brought their innovative designs, products and commercial solutions to the expo.
In addition, the IDT Expo featured a global awards parade, presenting award-winning entries of international design competitions from the US, Switzerland, Australia and Hong Kong, such as the Spark Design Awards, to showcase how design excellence can change the world. Another thematic zone “Design Without Boundaries” was displaying designs with local flavors from 10 Hong Kong-based international designers, each aiming to tell the story of Hong Kong’s creative strengths.